In conjunction with Ben Gurion University, TanenbaumCHAT teachers have planned a curriculum-based experience in Eilat that focuses on Marine Biology.  Students will be working in teams with graduate students learning how to do field research in a range of areas including oceanography, water ecology, and animal behavior.  They will work in laboratories, on the water, and if desired, underwater.  Much of their work will focus on the aqua culture at the north side of the Eilat bay.  Students will also visit key marine institutions and the Inter-University Research Ship.  

The program is aligned with the Grade 10 Ontario Science Curriculum and relates directly to the Biology and Earth and Space Science units where, for example, students examine the hierarchical organization of cells from tissues to organ systems in plants and animals and the impact of natural and human factors on organisms and natural systems.  It also reinforces what students previously have learned about climate change and ecological systems and further develops their scientific investigation skills.  

For a glimpse of how this program will unleash the inner scientist in our students,
watch THIS 50-second clip.

One of the laboratories in which students will be conducting experiments
can be seen HERE.

Our TanenbaumCHAT chaperones are Science teachers Ms. Carr and Mr. Kitchen. Rabbi Buckman will also accompany the students.

The mini-mester will be partially funded and is open to a limited number of students. Departure from Toronto is tentatively set for Sunday, February 8, 2015. Students return to Toronto Thursday, February 19, 2015. The program is scheduled over Family Day Weekend to minimize the number of days students miss school.

Students will be required to do some preparation prior to the mini-mester and will be responsible for a poster presentation at the end. Upon the students’ return to school, their teachers will make efforts to support students catching up.

For more information, come to one of two info nights: 7-8 pm on Monday September 29 at TCW or Tuesday September 30 at TCK. Parents and students are invited.

Please RSVP by noon on September 24 to


The victims were attacked not because of something they did but because of who they are.


Even if one doesn’t currently reside in the US, the events of September 11, 2001 still resonate thirteen years later throughout the world.

Today, girls in Nigeria are kidnapped and held ransom by terrorists.  Christians in Iraq are tortured and slaughtered by terrorists.  Western journalists are beheaded by terrorists.  Civilians in Gaza are used as human shields by terrorists.  Innocent Israeli men, women, and children are targeted for death by terrorists.

The list of perpetrators has grown:  Al-Queda, Hamas, ISIS, Boko Haram.

But one thing is constant.  The victims were attacked not because they did anything wrong.  New Yorkers on September 11, 2001 were simply going to work.  The girls in Nigeria simply wanted to go to school.  The Christians in Iraq simply want the freedom to practice their religion.  Israelis wanted to enjoy their summer vacation.

To paraphrase Israeli Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor, they were attacked not because of something they did.  They were attacked because of who they are: Life-loving, freedom-loving people who respect individual rights.

These are the values that we must uphold and preserve because they give meaning to life even at the risk of life.